Clara Reeve

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  • Walpole In Mary Shelley's The Castle Of Otranto

    Frankenstein has been seen as evidence of her ‘illustrious imaginative powers’ (Bailey 22), Mary Snodgrass suggests that Walpole’s bad night explains the outlandish nature of Otranto. Some of the contemporary commentators on the novel also shared this opinion; one of Walpole’s friends, Gilly Williams, complained about the bizarre ‘wildness’ of the novel in a letter where he wrote ‘[Walpole] says it was a dream, and I fancy one when he had some feverish disposition in him’ (Walpole Letters 332). Since Walpole never wrote another novel, his authorial reputation remains squarely centred on this problem that his handling of supernatural subject matter – such as falling helmet heads and walking portraits – is somewhat crudely handled. Even Clara Reeve and Scott, notable enthusiasts of Walpole’s work, had to confess that ‘clunky, overuse’ of supernatural horror had a diminishing effect (Napier 79), whereby the reader eventually becomes, just like Manfred, ‘almost hardened to preternatural appearances’ (Walpole Otranto 3.58). Nevertheless, it seems unfair to simply dismiss the success of Otranto (still being printed in paperback) as entirely based on its Gothic descendants; there is a creative impetus behind Walpole’s novel that speaks to a visionary insight into the changing eighteenth-century culture and literary…

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  • Isaac C. Parker: The Legend Of The Hanging Judge

    Legend of the “Hanging Judge” While in search of a piece of Arkansas history I came across a familiar name when research brought me to Judge Isaac Parker. Remembered today as the “Hanging Judge”, Isaac C. Parker had an impressive thirty-five year career in public service. He became a frontier attorney, later served as a city attorney, state judge, a two year term representative to Congress, and his most notable legacy as a federal district judge in Fort Smith, Arkansas for twenty-one years.…

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  • Becoming A Mother

    A lot can happen within sixty seconds which allows the possibility of life changing events that can impact our routines, values, beliefs and maybe the outlook on life itself. Some of which can have one feeling the need of self-reevaluation or soul searching. I sat at my desk while at work. Then, I received a short and rushed phone call from my sister. She had gone to a doctor’s appointment that morning for a routine pregnancy checkup. Unfortunately, her blood pressure was higher than normal, and…

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  • Dystopian Film

    Somehow I find pure joy in watching two men or women display their superior ass kicking skills on one another. So much so that I endure movies with painfully corny and cliché story lines, all to watch Keanu Reeves in a well tailored suit show off his impressive mixed martial art abilities and military grade handling of assault rifles (John Wick). What the movie lacks in its plot more than graciously substitutes in for its incredibly stylish persona of John Wick, as well as a more than healthy…

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  • Personal Narrative: My Experience Of Moving To Home

    Besides leaving my home country, it was the second hardest thing that I had to experience. I was seven years old and when my parents announced that we were moving to United States, frankly I was excited to see the USA. However, as time passed I started to miss my family back in Ecuador. When, I was in the airport saying goodbyes to friends and family members. I did not understand that I would not see them in again in five years. However, hearing the news that my abuelito had passed away in 2006.…

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  • Personal Narrative: My Trip To Kenya, Africa

    The lengthy, cramped, and quiet bus ride to Living Hope Day School both excited and terrified me. A never ending stream of “what if” questions rattling my brain caused me think twice about what I was doing there in the first place. I was a stranger to them, someone whom they knew nothing about. I gazed out the window, trying to calm my thoughts when I saw them. An endless sea of purple sweaters, and cheery faces lined the fence at the school. All of my previous doubts washed away when I stepped…

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  • American Red Cross Mobile Hospital Analysis

    very fortunate that Italy decided to join the Allies. Things are going alright where I am. The Red Cross recently issued uniforms for us, which consist of a dark blue skirt, cape (lined with red and the insignia on the left side), long coat, and felt hat along with caps and brassards. We were required to furnish our own shoes, gloves, aprons, raincoats, etcetera. The mobile hospital is made up of large Bessonneau tents and equipped to care for three hundred patients. The professional nurses…

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird Opening Scene Analysis

    In cinematography you learn different ways to angle the camera, the lights just the right way to show you an entire chapter of a book in just a few frames, add a score to listen to the music and sounds and get your audience to feel the movie from their perspective. As a director they may not have the idea but they can show a thousand words in just one picture. That is key thing in videography is it has to capture, what the author writes they show with just one frame, weather it is to show a…

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  • Women's Roles During The American Civil War

    Today, people all around notably remember women during the Civil War as nurses. The most renowned nurse at the time was Clara Barton, who later was the founder of the American Red Cross. Ironically, the Northern and Southern unions surgeons demoralized the female nurses to work in official military hospitals. Schultz noted “Throughout the nineteenth century, women were excluded from medical networks on the basis of biological determinism that cast them as unfit to endure the intellectual and…

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  • Women In The Civil War Essay

    duty to fight on the battlefield. Other women enjoyed being damsels in distress, agreeing that only a man could serve his country in war. Women nurses during the Civil War were often shamed for trying to work as what was known as “only a man’s job”. The men working on the battlefields would tell the women to go home and do what they are really meant to do. Luckily today, it is not seen the same way, as there are as much as, maybe even more women nurses than there are men nurses. The Civil war…

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